Monster storytime

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The following is a guest article from Marie at Make and Takes, where she writes about great ideas and crafts for family fun.

Photo by Woof Nanny

creativesummer.jpgI’m excited to be posting over here at Simple Mom. As a mom, I try to make things simple too, while still having fun. Whether it’s crafts, recipes, or stories, at Make and Takes we’re staying busy this summer.

As a child, The Monster at the End of This Book was my favorite story. It’s a classic still today, and I’ve introduced it to my own kids – they ask to have it read to them over and over. My husband does great voices and he sounds just like Grover.

This and all subsequent photos by Marie

In this story, silly Grover is scared of monsters. He doesn’t want to read this book because there’s supposed to be a monster at the end of it. He will stop at nothing to keep the book’s pages from turning. He builds a brick wall, nails up boards, and many other things to keep from getting to the end. There’s also a second book involving cute little Elmo called There’s Another Monster at the End of This Book. Little Elmo isn’t scared and keeps turning the pages! I won’t tell you the end, but there’s definitely a scare!!

To celebrate this fun book, we pretended to be Grover and talked about other ways to keep the pages closed. My son came up with two fun ways that those pages could stay shut, and he drew pictures of what they would be.


The Cage: My son drew a large cage that was in front of the page that was too large to move. But sneaky Elmo climbed the cage and got over to the other side to turn the page.


Cheese Bricks: Then my son pretended there was a large stack of cheese blocking the way. But Elmo ate right through it. All that was left was crumbs. Elmo is even saying, “YUM”. And my son thought up this play on words from the book, “Did you know you are very hungry?”


Thanks, Simple Mom, for letting us come and play.

make and takesI love so many of Marie’s ideas! I appreciate how simple, thoughtful, and deliberate her kids’ activities are. She is a stay-at-home mom to three kids and has a degree in early childhood education, and was a kindergarten teacher for four years before using her creative ideas on her own children at home. For more fun with storytime, I recommend subscribing to her feed.

Tsh Oxenreider

Tsh is the founder of this blog and just finished traveling around the world with her husband and 3 kids. Her latest book is Notes From a Blue Bike, and believes a passport is one of the world's greatest textbooks.

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  1. I also loved this story when I was a young child. Neat idea to have children expand upon the story! It teaches children to be an active reader and will prove useful in future English classes.

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  2. Cheese to eat through! That’s so funny and cute.

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  3. I loved that story as a child too, and I actually still have it. How fun to build on the story, making learning fun.

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  4. Marie, this was a great post that resonated with me because my son, 4, so enjoys story time with his Dad. My wife and I alternate reading to our son and daughter, and my son seems to get such a kick out of books when I read them because I make silly voices, faces, etc.

    I love the idea of working on a craft or drawing based on his favorite book – that’s something we will definitely try! I look forward to following through to your website for more ideas.

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  5. So fun ! This was one of my favs too growing up. My Mom found my copy and gave it to me, my daughter is TERRIFIED of the book 🙂 This is a great idea, when she won’t cry when we read this book I will give it a try 🙂

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  6. That book is my all-time favorite. I don’t have kids, but I gift it to friends whenever they have a baby shower. It is a necessity 🙂

  7. Yeah! So glad to be bringing back memories with this greatest ever book.

    Thanks Simple Mom for letting me share here! And happy to have you back next week!

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  8. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! For years now I have been wracking my feeble brain to come up with the title to this most excellent little book!! And here it is!!!! yea!!!!!!!! I read it to my kids when they were little and now I want to read it again to my grandkids!! Barnes and Noble, here I come!!!

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  9. That was one of my favourites too (and my brothers’ & sister’s). We need to work on our son’s reading comprehension and this looks like a great fun way to do it. Thanks.

  10. I love, love, love this book too. I keep telling people about it and no one seems to remember it. I’m glad to know that I’m not crazy. I like your ideas, and just discovered your blog through this guest post and I’m looking forward to checking it more often. We’re making rosemary bread for dinner tomorrow night!

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